Vuyo Mvoko, a contributing editor at SABC was mugged on camera on Tuesday night. The incident occurred while Mvoko, foreign editor Sophie Mokoena, and journalist Chriselda Lewis were preparing for a live crossing outside Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
Mvoko was covering the hospitalisation of Zambian President Edgar Lungu at Milpark Hospital.
Two men approached him just minutes before he was due to go on air and demanded his cellphone.
The robbery was broadcast live during the 7pm news bulletin
Speaking to the public broadcaster after the incident, Mvoko gave an account of the evening’s events..
“They were looking for phones and because I wasn’t giving him the phone, he then called the other one who had a gun and said ‘dubula le nja’ (shoot this dog). At that point, Sophie Mokoena just screamed ‘give him the phone’, so I gave it to him. I think they took about two or three phones.”
The robbery occurred while the cameras were rolling and the footage has since gone viral, with almost 300 ooo views on youtube by late Wednesday Morning.
“The armed robbers accosted the crew and robbed them of their valuables, including laptops and cellular phones, outside the Milpark Hospital. The robbery was recorded on camera and no injuries were reported,” said SAPS Spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza.
According to Colonel Kweza, just minutes after the robbery, the crew spotted and approached a police captain who was driving past the scene after attending a meeting.
She said a case of robbery and theft has been opened. Police have vowed to find and arrest the men.
Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba said police would do everything in their power to ensure that the suspects were brought to book.
No arrests have been made.
Watch video of the bold robbery here.